Supporting your autistic loved one’s mental health

Author: Rosie Weldon
Date: 2 May 2019

Supporting your autistic loved one’s mental health

These are some thoughts on mental health and being autistic, based on my own experience. Mental health is a huge topic, these are obviously not applicable to every autistic. It’s aimed at autistic adults, next week I will do a post specifically on engaging with autistic children about their mental health.

1.   Time
Asking us to process how we feel in real-time is a one-way ticket to a meltdown. If we have experienced intense emotions or stress, then we need time to process it.
My closest friends are the ones I can say “no I have not had a good day, but I’m not ready to talk about it” to. They know it is not personal, I just need time before I can talk about what has happened. If I try to think about it, my mind screams at me to stop.
Give us time.

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Supporting your autistic loved one’s mental health